Mayor Hancock’s New Year’s Message

My friends – 

Well, another year has come and gone, and 2016 certainly was an eventful time for our country. Here in Denver, we have remained true to who we are and prospering as the welcoming, genuine, progressive city that we all love. So, as we look to 2017 and all the possibilities that come with it, I’m excited for what the new year will bring. My New Year’s Resolution is to keep working hard to support what makes our city so strong – our people, and our neighborhoods. I look forward to hearing from you, seeing you and engaging on what matters to you in 2017. You never know what new issue or new idea can come from a conversation at your local diner, school or library.

Thank you, Denver, for an amazing 2016. To everyone who calls this great city home, Happy New Year!


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New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Downtown Denver

DENVER — Looking for a fun, safe, free, family-friendly way to ring in the new year? Well, then Downtown Denver is the place to celebrate. Now in its 15th year, the tradition continues with two fireworks shows that light up the skies and make the skyscrapers sparkle. The first, at 9pm, is great for you early-to-bed folks. (Us, too!) And then there’s midnight to officially welcome the new year.

Both dazzling shows are identical and synchronized to music from DJs along the 16th Street Mall. The fireworks are presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-sponsored by VISIT DENVER and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.

Visit for a complete listing of New Year’s Eve events and Downtown hotel deals.

Please note RTD Service Closures Downtown. On New Year’s Eve between 8pm and 2am, all F, H & D line service will end at the Colorado Convention Center. All Downtown stations will be closed. A train shuttle will run between 30th/Downing and 18th/California stations. For more information about closures and New Year’s Eve service, click here.

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Five New Year’s Eve parties under one roof at Hotel Boulderado

BOULDER — Boulder’s iconic Hotel Boulderado is rolling out the red carpet to host five parties under one roof for New Year’s Eve to ring in 2017. Guests can select their favorite party style and preferred price and not worry about driving by staying overnight in one of the property’s 160 guest rooms with room rates from $ 275, with the option to add a room night before or after Dec. 31 for only $ 135 based on single or double occupancy.

For true merrymaking with all the bells and horn blowers, Hotel Boulderado’s Event Center and Mezzanine are the places to be. From 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., merrymakers can dance the night away in the Event Center with the jamming sounds of Mennequin the Band and a large dance floor; savor food stands from around the world, a midnight toast and dessert bar; and enjoy roving entertainers and fun surprises. The cost is $ 85 with the option to add lobby party access for $ 35.

Situated under the colorful stained glass ceiling and overlooking the lobby, the Mezzanine will feature a delicious buffet dinner with reserved seating and Grove Nation Orchestra playing the full spectrum of musical styles from today’s Top 40 hits to Big Band sounds. Planned for 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., guests of the Mezzanine party will be treated to dancing, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, access to the lobby party, roving entertainers and other surprises for $ 145 per person. 

Other options include starting the night with drinks, appetizers and dinner at The Corner Bar with live music by newgrass trio The Trubelos and free access from 5 – 8 p.m. Also, savor fresh flavors at SPRUCE farm & fish with a three-course prix fixe dinner from 5 – 11 p.m. for $ 65, including one glass of wine and the option to add lobby party access for $ 35. Revelers desiring a hip spot to mingle and dance should consider the speakeasy-style License No. 1, offering a DJ and drink specials from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. for $ 25 per person. 

For all the details, go to or call 303.442.4344. After the New Year’s Eve festivities, Hotel Boulderado is launching the next phase of renovation, which includes the Mezzanine and lobby. Earlier this year, the annex and Event Center was updated.

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RTD to provide free rides starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

DENVER — For the eighth year in a row, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is partnering with Coors Light and Coors Distributing Company to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve on all regularly-scheduled bus and rail service, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services. Free service will run from 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Passengers have more options this year because of the opening of the Flatiron Flyer service along U.S. 36, the University of Colorado A Line to East Denver and the B Line to Westminster.

“We’re excited to partner with Coors Light once again to offer safe rides to local residents on New Year’s Eve,” said David Genova, General Manager, and CEO of RTD. “We want to remind the community to ring in the New Year safely and take advantage of Coors Light Free Rides.”

Service will operate on a Saturday schedule on New Year’s Eve and a Sunday/holiday schedule on New Year’s Day. Passengers should check both the late night weekday schedule and the early morning Sunday/holiday schedule for trips after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Service hours will not be extended. Due to expected high passenger volumes, riders should plan accordingly for the evening.

Due to downtown New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be limited Free MallRide service on the 16th Street Mall, and no service on the D, F and H light rail lines between the Theatre District/Convention Center and 18th & California/Stout stations.

RTD has offered this free fare service to discourage drinking and driving and keeping our roadways safe for more than 25 years. This is the eighth year in a row that RTD has partnered with Coors Light, Coors Distributing Company and the Colorado State Patrol to promote a safe New Year’s Eve.

For fare and schedule information, visit or call RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or TDD 303-299-6089 from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services across the eight-county district. The public transit agency fulfills over 100 million passenger trips annually and is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented communities. For more information, visit

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – Harold Henthorn, a 58-year-old Highlands Ranch man charged with his wife's mysterious death, smiled at his lawyer in court Thursday afternoon and said he understood why he had been arrested earlier in the day and …
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